Host Larry Mantle together with critics Peter Rainer of New York Magazine and Henry Sheehan of the Orange County Register discuss this week's film and video releases. The selections are: The 20th anniversary re-release of E.T. the Extraterrestial, Blade II, the re-release of Lola, and Sorority Boys. The critics take a look at some new videos as well as share their reactions to the Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Film. We wish the very best to Henry Sheehan, who is leaving the Orange County Register but will continue to appear on FilmWeek. We wanted to issue a very special thank you our listners who were able to join us at the new Arclight Cinerama Dome Entertainment Complex for a special taping of FilmWeek in front of a live audience.
Tonight, it’s the Democrats’ turn to take the stage in the first televised Democratic presidential debate. Then, USC fired Steve Sarkisian yesterday, just 24 hours after placing him on indefinite leave for questionable behavior. Also, California is faced with an unintended consequence of Prop 47 -- the lack of available inmate firefighters.
The Pentagon will press pause on its training program for Syrian rebel groups fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) forces and the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. Then, LAUSD needs to find a new superintendent before Ramon Cortines retires by the end of the year. Also, of the 800-plus bills that landed on Gov. Brown’s desk, he vetoed 133 of them.
Is Paul Ryan the right person to be Speaker of the House? Then, Two Greek organizations at UCLA have come under criticism after holding a Kanye West-themed party where some attendees wore blackface. Also, woe to the casual film-goer who might not be familiar with the work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman who died this week.
Kevin McCarthy has just dropped out of the House Speaker race. Then, women are “leaning in” to powerful positions in the workplace, but still struggle to devote time to their families. Also, The California Public Utilities Commission has started to hear proposals from several electric companies in California that critics say, if approved, will have a devastating impact on the solar industry and the environment.
Reviews of the week's new movies, interviews with filmmakers, and discussion.
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